Western Digital’s recent My Book Studio may have beaten Iomega to the game, what with its 3TB capacity and smooth aluminum exterior. That doesn’t mean too much to Iomega, however, who this week rolled out the new Mac Companion Hard Drive, a device containing either 2TB or 3TB of hard drive storage.
Mac users will be happy to have another option to add increasingly-necessary additional storage; like the My Book, the Mac Companion offers users a great design while hooking up a bunch more storage space. What really sets the Iomega product apart, however, are some of the exciting additions.
As the Companion is oriented to Mac users, it offers a number of Mac-centric features. In addition to having USB 2.0, there are also two FireWire 800 ports; the drive comes pre-formatted with HFS+ so users can just plug it in and get to using it immediately. When hooked up over USB, there are two additional USB ports that serve as a tiny hub. One of those ports even has a 2.1Amp charging feature; that’s enough to juice up any of your mobile devices – including high-power draws like the iPad.
Four LEDs on the front of the box give users some idea of how much free space is available for use. Four white LEDs mean that < 20% of the drive capacity is reached, three white LEDs mean 20-40% is used, two white LEDs mean 40-60%, one white LED means 60-80%, and one red LED means that more than 80% is in use.
Interested in the new Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive? Unsurprising! It seems like a pretty cool box, so far. Early adopters can pick one up now, straight from Apple. A 2TB version will run $195.00, while the bigger 3TB version will still cost $399.99. Later this month, the drives will be available from a variety of retailers, both in person and online.